Europa League – Lokomotiv Moscow-Nice
Nice qualified for the 1/16-finals of the Europa League after finishing second in Group K. The French team was in the company of Lazio, Zulte-Waregem and Vitesse. They won 9 points in the group and finished with a record of three wins and three losses.
Nice have a good and solid squad, although last season they were more impressive than they are now. Last year Nice finished 3rd in the Ligue 1 and they were among the best teams in France. Now they are 9th in the Ligue 1 and as it looks, maybe next season they won’t be participating in the European competitions.
Right now Nice have a record of 10 wins, 4 draws and 11 losses in the Ligue 1, which is certainly not good enough. Their level compared to last season has decreased.
Now Nice will have to deal with the Russian powerhouse Lokomotiv Moscow.
The Russians won Group F of the competition, being in the company of Kobenhavn, Sheriff and Zlin. They won the group with 11 points and a record of three wins, two draws and one loss.
Right now Lokomotiv Moscow are performing very strongly in the Russian Premier League as well. They are currently leading the standings with 45 points, having 8 points advantage in front of the 2nd Zenit. Right now Lokomotiv are the №1 contenders for the title in the Russian Premier League.
It’s hard to say which one of these two teams is a favourite in this clash. The truth is that both teams have very good squads. Let’s see what’s going to happen between them on the pitch.